Spare Change

Spare Change

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This animation short by Ryan Larkin (Walking, Street Musique, etc.) recounts some “comical experiences” Larkin had during his many years as a panhandler in Montreal. It tells the story of Astral Pan, a street beggar (voiced by Larkin himself), who takes us on a wild journey from the sidewalks of a wintry Montreal day, to the gates of Heaven and Hell and back. The great filmmaker passed away before finishing his film. Spare Change was completed by a friend, producer and singer-songwriter Laurie Gordon, assisted by a team of young, devoted animators.

Original music by Laurie Gordon's band Chiwawa, featuring the single "Do It For Me."

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  • writer
    Ryan Larkin
  • initial direction
    Ryan Larkin
  • design
    Ryan Larkin
  • animation
    Ryan Larkin
  • co-director
    Laurie Gordon
  • music
  • sound design
  • producer
    Laurie Gordon
    Marcy Page
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • voice
    Ryan Larkin
    Krassy Halatchev
    Laurie Gordon
  • recording
    Satellite Records Canada
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • live-action cinematography
    Ryan Larkin

  • Felipe_Carrelli

    the true artist can draw from their daily lives, no matter how ordinary it is, his art.

    Felipe_Carrelli, 13 Dec 2011
  • tsitra

    great creative work and kudos to Laurie Gordon who never stop believing in Ryan. Quite the friend!

    tsitra, 24 Jul 2011
  • RussP

    He really was a genius.

    RussP, 3 Nov 2010